Have you noticed how executives tend to set company direction and then try to mold existing employees to fit the required roles? Have you also noticed how often those companies need to reorganize? The reason is simple: they’re getting it backwards!
Think of your company as a bus and your highest executive as the driver. Using that analogy, leadership expert Jim Collins makes this observation: “Leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.”
So How Do I Begin?
When facing any business challenge, remember these simple truths before you map out a direction:
1) If the people on the bus came along because they like the stated destination, what happens when you need to change your plans? Will they resist the change and become unproductive? Invite people on the bus who simply want to work with the other great people aboard. That will contribute to a more pleasant and successful trip!
2) If the right people are on the bus, there’s no need for elaborate motivational schemes. The right people are self-motivated and expect to produce exceptional results.
3) If the wrong people are on the bus, nothing else you do matters. You might head in the right direction, but the success you seek will elude you. The right vision with the wrong people produces mediocre results, at best.
Want more information? I highly recommend Jim Collins’ informative video series. To find out how iSeek can help you organize for success, contact us today! If you like this blog post, please share and subscribe!